Music and the Musician's Brain

Sundays 3:30-4:30 pm, March 7-28, April 11 & 18 (6 weeks)

$50 Course Fee

Dr. Dale Lonis

In this course participants will learn how the brain works while learning music. You will first get a foundation of the latest psychology of learning in language that you will all be able to understand and apply to your own lives (I promise).

Most importantly, you will learn how your own brain works and how you can best learn how to sing and play your instrument. You will learn how to be more efficient in your practice and how to be a better ensemble member. Depending on how intrinsically motivated you are to work outside of the class time, you can also learn how to be a better music reader and listener. You will get the foundational tools to do the level of work you wish to pursue.

In order to ensure the interactive aspect of the course, we would wish to set limits to a maximum of 18 participants.

Course Requirements - basic knowledge of how to navigate in the Zoom Classroom, a laptop is recommended (no cell phones, please). Ipads or the like will work, but will limit the experience.

Recommended for both instrumental and choral musicians of all levels of training and musical background - beginner to advanced.

About the Instructor:

Dr. Dale Lonis has spent a lifetime leading others in team building, conducting, coaching and teaching. He has conducted student ensembles, adult community ensembles and professional bands and orchestras on six continents (Antarctica has yet to be a destination for him). A particular passion of his is working with amatuer adult music learners and ensembles. Over the past 25 years Dr. Lonis has had the pleasure of working with many Westwinds groups either as a guest conductor or workshop clinician.


His doctoral work with Benjamin Bloom (Bloom’s Taxonomy), David Elliott, Charles Leonard and Bennett Reimer helped him to establish his own philosophy and practice in the psychology of learning and musical understanding. That work has been followed by his own extensive research in how people learn and perceive the world around them.

With Ardith Haley, he is co-founder of Music Mentors International. Together they created the Master's Degree in Curriculum Studies with a Music Emphasis at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada and Master’s and Doctoral Degree Programs in International Pedagogies at the University of Western Australia. The program in Nova Scotia is now the largest degree program in music education in Canada with over 120 graduates in the past 7 years. Dr Lonis continues to maintain a private conducting studio as well as teaching online master’s level courses at Acadia University. He has recently started teaching courses in the psychology of music at both the undergraduate and graduate level at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York.

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Phone:  403.255.3485

Room 38-B8, 2526 Battleford Avenue SW

Calgary, AB  T3E 7J4

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We acknowledge that we live, work and play on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Îyâxe (Stoney) Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations). The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.